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November-December 2017 WOM

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine


 
Christ­mas Is Com­ing

By Car­ol Leavy

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to final 2017 edi­tion of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  It has been a busy year, with lots com­ing up next year, includ­ing the pho­to gal­leries from Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress ’17 and the 2017 CCA Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.  

In this issue:

  • San­ta and Friends Gallery 2017
  • Anchor­ing Work Hold­ers
  • Pete LeClair: Carv­ing On The Cor­ner
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Tooth­pick Temptress
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.

Enjoy!

Matt-IWC14

Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley

Editor/Owner

2017 Santa And Friends Gallery


TBerrySantasign

Welcome to the 2017 Santa And Friends Photo Gallery.   

This is the six­th­teenth annu­al San­ta Gallery, and as alway,  I am pleased by the vari­ety and qual­i­ty of the carv­ings includ­ed.  Tip ‘o the hat to all those who sub­mit­ted carv­ings, and a reminder for every­one else to plan on par­tic­i­pat­ing in the gallery in 2018.  To vis­it the 2017 Gallery click HERE, or click on WOM in the menu above, then click on WOM Gal­leries.

San­ta With Blue Swirl Hat by Brad Tyler

Thanks to Tim Berry for use of his San­ta Carv­ings sign.

 

Securing Work Holders

Doubt­less many of you, like me, have accu­mu­lat­ed var­i­ous work hold­ers over the years.  Because I may use one work hold­er on one carv­ing, a dif­fer­ent one on the next and no hold­er on a third, I have always been reluc­tant to drill holes in my work bench to screw down any par­tic­u­lar device.  As a result, I have screwed the work hold­ers to boards, and then clamped the board to the bench with hold downs and bar clamps.  

The only prob­lem is that even the hold downs and clamps could not safe­ly hold the board in place once I start­ed whal­ing on a carv­ing with mal­let and gouges.  Stop­ping to re-secure every dozen whacks on the work piece did not lend itself to a smooth work­flow, so an alter­na­tive solu­tion was need­ed.

 

First, I decid­ed to uti­lize the exist­ing bench dog holes, rather than drilling any addi­tion­al holes in the bench.  Final­ly a pos­si­ble answer dawned.   Some years back I pur­chased sev­er­al iron clamp­ing han­dles to use with a home-made carv­ing arm.   With the addi­tion of sev­er­al car­riage bolts and over­sized wash­ers a solu­tion was at hand.  

I drilled holes in the mount­ing boards spaced to match the bench dog holes, then drove the car­riage bolts through the boards and through the bench dog holes.   With the addi­tion of the wash­ers and clamp­ing han­dles the prob­lem was solved.

The real test was need­ed!  Out came the mal­let and gouges.  I am hap­py to report that the solu­tion worked well.  The work hold­er hard­ly shift­ed at all, sav­ing time and allow­ing safer work­flow.  The car­riage bolts and clamp­ing han­dles also worked well on a dif­fer­ent style of work hold­er.

 

 

It looks like the bolts and clamp­ing han­dles will work pret­ty well with just about any work hold­er you can mount on a sol­id board!

Just a note:  There may be sev­er­al sources for the cast iron han­dle, but I have con­firmed they are avail­able from The Wood­craft Shop.  They are list­ed on their web site as “Cast Iron Han­dle for Carv­ing Arm — 3/8” x 16 Thread” at $5.95 each.    www.thewoodcraftshop.com

September-October 2017 WOM

 

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

 
Orna­ment for CCA eBay Sale 2017

CCA Mem­ber Jim His­er, Carlisle, PA

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to Sep­tem­ber-Octo­ber 2017 edi­tion of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  This issue could be sub-titled the Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca Issue, as there is lots of CCA news to share.

In this issue:

  • Call For Pho­tos — San­ta and Friends Gallery 2017
  • CCA eBay Orna­ment Sale 2017
  • Pho­to Gallery - CCA 2017 Orna­ment Sale 
  • CCA Sem­i­nar 2018
  • W3E Secret Pal at CCA Sem­i­nar 2017
  • Pete LeClair: Cousin Alfie
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Play­ful Pup
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.

Enjoy!

Matt-IWC14

Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley

Editor/Owner

Call for Photos: Santa Gallery ’17

TBerrySantasign

San­ta Carv­ing sign by Tim Berry

The Annu­al San­ta & Friends Gallery will once again grace the pages of November/December issue of WOM. You are invit­ed to sub­mit pho­tos of favorite San­tas, elves, or oth­er sea­son­al item you’ve carved in the last 24 months.

Sub­mis­sions should be sent to womed­i­torATcom­castDOTnet; alter­nate­ly, you may send a link to a gallery such as Flickr that stores files at their orig­i­nal size.  Please sub­mit large, high qual­i­ty pho­tos, prefer­ably shot against a light or neu­tral back­ground.  

Please include the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion with your high qual­i­ty pho­tos:

Title of Carv­ing

Size (approx)

Mate­r­i­al

Fin­ish

About the design:

  • From your own design?
  • Carved in a class led by …
  • Inspired by a design by …
  • From a rough out by …
  • From a pat­tern by …
  • Etc …

 Sub­mis­sions due no lat­er than Novem­ber 15

 

Ques­tions, queries, posers? Send email to womed­i­torATcom­castDOTnet

CCA eBay Ornament Sale 2017

The Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca will host an eBay auc­tion of Christ­mas orna­ments carved by CCA mem­bers.  Twen­ty-sev­en orna­ments will be post­ed for sale in four groups, with new groups post­ed on Mon­day, Octo­ber 2, 9, 16, and 23.   This is a oppor­tu­ni­ty to start or add to your col­lec­tion of carv­ings by CCA mem­bers.  

A gallery con­tain­ing much larg­er views of these carv­ings is includ­ed in this issue of WOM.  To vis­it the gallery click HERE, or vis­it the WOM Gal­leries Page for a link.

CCA Seminar 2018

CCA Seminar 2018

The annu­al Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca (CCA) Sem­i­nar is held each year in con­junc­tion with the judg­ing of the Car­i­ca­ture Carv­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, round­ing out a busy week in Con­verse, IN. The instruc­tors for the 2018 Sem­i­nar are Ron Dowdy, Jim His­er, and Den­nis Thorn­ton.  Par­tic­i­pants will carve one day with each of the instruc­tors in rota­tion over the three day sem­i­nar.  The fee of $165 includes the three days of instruc­tion and lunch;  blanks are an addi­tion fee per instruc­tor.  The 2018 sem­i­nar is sched­uled for Fri­day, August 24 through Sun­day, August 26.

As of this writ­ing, the 2018 sem­i­nar is full or very close to it.  How­ev­er, there is a wait­ing list, and every year there are sev­er­al can­cel­la­tions.  It is not unusu­al to work through a wait­ing list of 6 to 10 peo­ple. Please con­tact Bob Travis to be on the wait­ing list. or to cheek on cur­rent sta­tus. Bob’s email is rltravis AT ucdavis.edu

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W3E at CCA Seminar

By Matt Kelley, World Wide Woodcarver Exchanges Coordinator

As many of you know, the World Wide Wood­carv­er Exchanges (W3E) have been going on for many years, with the Secret Pal exchanges occur­ring quar­ter­ly for the last 19 and one-half years.  While prepar­ing the ship­ping infor­ma­tion for Secret Pal ses­sion #78, it occurred to me that a num­ber of the par­tic­i­pants in that exchange were going to be at the 2017 Car­i­ca­ture Carvers of Amer­i­ca sem­i­nar in Con­verse, IN.  This pre­sent­ed a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for some par­tic­i­pants in the Secret Pal exchange to hand off their carv­ings in per­son, rather then via mail.  Accord­ing­ly, at lunch on the Sat­ur­day of the sem­i­nar, the six carvers in atten­dance gath­ered to hand off carv­ings and have a pho­to tak­en.  It took sev­er­al shots to get the pho­to right, in part because of a time­ly pho­to bomb by one of the CCA mem­ber instruc­tors!

The next Secret Pal ses­sion will start soon, with the 20 year anniver­sary Secret Pal exchange start­ing near the end of Decem­ber.

Exchange #79 (Fall ’17) - Com­mit­ment Reg­is­tra­tion begins on the Autum­nal Equinox, Sep­tem­ber 22 and ends Octo­ber 22. Ship­ping infor­ma­tion sent by Novem­ber 10

Exchange #80, the 20th Anniver­sary ses­sion (Win­ter ’18) should be a spe­cial event – Com­mit­ment Reg­is­tra­tion for ses­sion #80 begins on the Win­ter Sol­stice, Decem­ber 21 and ends Jan­jary 21. Ship­ping infor­ma­tion sent by Feb­ru­ary 10

For more infor­ma­tion about the W3E exchanges, click HERE.   Come join the fun in the longest run­ning secret pal exchange on the ‘net!

From Left: Car­ol Leavy, Kevin Apple­gate, W3E Coor­di­na­tor Matt Kel­ley, Steve Fowler, Gary Free­man, and Doug Evans

Steve Brown Pho­to Bomb!

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July-August 2017 WOM

 

Welcome to Woodcarver Online Magazine

 Field Mouse

Julio Mar­tinez, Cedar Rapids, IA

First in Class Ani­mals — Real­is­tic, Full Fig­ure, Paint­ed; First in Group D — Ani­mals; Mau­ry Van­der Walle Memo­r­i­al Award (First Place in Group D)

 

Hel­lo, Friends in Carv­ing -

Wel­come to July-August edi­tion of Wood­carv­er Online Mag­a­zine.  This issue includes a casu­al pho­to tour of the IWC ’17 Com­pe­ti­tion for those of you who could not make it to vis­it in per­son.

In this issue:

  • Pho­to Gallery - IWC ’17 Com­pe­ti­tion Casu­al Tour 
  • Pete LeClair: Dylan
  • Ol’ Don’s Draw­ing Table: Mis­cre­ant Magna
  • Update to Events, Hap­pen­ings and Goings-On

As always, we wel­come your feed­back, ideas for arti­cles, etc.  Please use the con­tact form on the About page in the menu bar above.  Please sup­port our spon­sors;  just click any of the links in the right menu bar.

Enjoy!

Matt-IWC14

Pho­to by Marc Feath­er­ly at IWC ’14

Matt Kel­ley

Editor/Owner

IWC ’17 Competition Casual Tour

A por­tion of the Com­pe­ti­tion Exhib­it at IWC ’17

For those of you not able to make the trip to Maquoke­ta, IA for the 2017 Inter­na­tion­al Wood­carvers Con­gress, here’s your chance to get a feel for what the com­pe­ti­tion exhib­it looks like, and to see many of the pieces entered in the com­pe­ti­tion this year.  These casu­al pho­tos were tak­en by Matt Kel­ley over sev­er­al days, and qual­i­ty varies, depend­ing in large part upon the light­ing avail­able.  

In the Sep­tem­ber-Octo­ber issue of WOM, we will present a gallery of the excel­lent stu­dio qual­i­ty winner’s pho­tos tak­en by Marc Feath­er­ly, the res­i­dent pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er for IWC.  Be sure to watch for that gallery next month.

To vis­it the Com­pe­ti­tion Tour, click HERE, or vis­it the WOM Gallery page HERE and then click on IWC ’17 Com­pe­ti­tion Casu­al Tour